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People protest against new anti-abortion laws, near the ruling Law and Justice party headquarters in Warsaw, Poland Wednesday Jan. 27, 2021, to protest after the country's top court on Wednesday confirmed its highly divisive ruling that will further tighten the predominantly Catholic nation's strict anti-abortion law. The Constitutional Tribunal published the justification of its decision, which will take immediate effect.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poland: Near-total abortion ban takes effect amid protests

Jan. 28, 2021 11:26 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A near-total ban on abortion has taken effect in Poland and triggered a new round of nationwide protests three months after a top court ruled that the abortion of congenitally damaged fetuses is unconstitutional. Led by a women's rights group, Women's Strike, people poured onto the...

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on climate change and green jobs, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

New Biden health care orders begin to unspool Trump policies

Jan. 28, 2021 9:42 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will act Thursday to get more people health insurance in the middle of the raging coronavirus pandemic, a down payment on his pledge to push the U.S. toward coverage for all. The White House said he would sign an executive order reopening the HealthCare.gov insurance...

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2020, file photo, anti-abortion activists participate in the

Democrats defend status quo on abortion access in New Mexico

Jan. 25, 2021 9:12 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic state senators advanced a bill Monday to repeal New Mexico’s dormant, 50-year-old ban on most abortion procedures that could go into effect if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion ruling. A bill that would shore up abortion rights...

Rep. Lola Sheldon-Galloway, R-Great Falls, speaks on the house floor of the State Capitol in Helena, Mont. on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP)

Montana GOP advances four bills limiting abortion access

Jan. 25, 2021 8:07 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana House on Monday advanced four bills that would limit abortion access in the state, capitalizing on the election of a Republican governor for the first time in 16 years. Three of the bills are repeats of similar bills vetoed last session by former Gov. Steve Bullock, a...

FILE - In this Dec. 30, 2020 file photo, abortion-rights activists watch live video streaming of lawmakers in session, outside Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentina became the largest nation in Latin America to legalize elective abortion after its Senate on Dec. 30 passed a law guaranteeing the procedure up to the 14th week of pregnancy. The abortion law goes into force Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021.  (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)

Argentina's abortion law enters force under watchful eyes

Jan. 24, 2021 1:04 PM EST

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina’s groundbreaking abortion law went into force Sunday under the watchful eyes of women’s groups and government officials, who hope to ensure its full implementation despite opposition from some conservative and church groups. Argentina became the...

Kentucky governor allows 'born-alive' bill to become law

Jan. 22, 2021 4:59 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A bill meant to preserve the lives of newborns, including any infant born after a failed abortion, cleared a final hurdle when Kentucky's governor allowed it to become law without his signature. The measure's lead Republican sponsor, Sen. Whitney Westerfield, said Friday he was...

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2015, file photo, a man walks in front of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. Texas should be allowed to halt a common second-trimester abortion procedure, the state's lawyers told a federal appeals court Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in a hearing punctuated by debates over fetal pain and the rights of women to medically safe abortion. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman, File)

Appeals court revisits Texas ban on abortion procedure

Jan. 21, 2021 2:54 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Texas should be allowed to halt a common second-trimester abortion procedure, the state's lawyers told a federal appeals court Thursday in a hearing punctuated by debates over fetal pain and the rights of women to medically safe abortion. A 2017 Texas law, which has never been enforced,...

FILE - In this Aug.22, 1997 file photo, Pope John Paul II meditates by the grave of his former friend geneticist Jerome Lejeune, during a private visit to the Chalo-Saint-Mars cemetery near Paris. Pope Francis on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, approved the “heroic virtues” of Dr. Jerome Lejeune, who discovered the genetic basis of Down syndrome, lived from 1926-1994 and was particularly esteemed by St. John Paul II for his anti-abortion stance. (AP Photo/Arturo Mari/file)

French doctor who made Down discovery closer to sainthood

Jan. 21, 2021 10:32 AM EST

ROME (AP) — The French doctor who discovered the genetic basis of Down syndrome but spent his career advocating against abortion as a result of prenatal diagnosis has taken his first major step to possible sainthood. Pope Francis on Thursday approved the “heroic virtues” of Dr. Jerome...

State Reps. Lola Sheldon-Galloway, R-Great Falls, left, and Sharon Greef, R-Florence, listen to testimony in the House Judiciary Committee at the State Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Helena, Mont. (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP)

Bills to restrict abortion access considered in Montana

Jan. 20, 2021 2:59 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers began debating two proposals Tuesday that would restrict access to abortions in the state, launching a renewed focus for the Republican-controlled Legislature on abortion limits after the state in November elected its first Republican governor in 16 years. One bill...

Number of abortions drops in Missouri because of regulations

Jan. 20, 2021 1:29 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — New restrictions caused a sharp drop in the number of women who had abortions at Missouri's only provider last year but the clinic has not stopped performing the procedure, Planned Parenthood said. Officials with Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region...